Johanna Shapiro, PhD
January 20, 2000

You were drunk
You crashed your car
You died
You were twenty-four

What else was lost?

Girl’s spleen,
Leg, spirit
Boy’s speech, sight
Thinking mind

Future doctor, future artist
Carefree pleasures
Invincible youth
Unfolding future

Mother’s dreams
Luminous as light
Father’s hopes
An Everest of possibility

Brother’s teasing
Banana peels of jokes
Sister’s laughter
Dancing raindrops

Grandparents’ solace
Against encroaching dark
Friends’ companionship

So, what was gained?

New friends in strange places
Uncertain understanding
Depths of courage
Unexpected faith

Not enough